Vol. 4, Issue 4 (2019)
Efficacy of yogic practices for the promotion of academic achievement, mental health and health related physical fitness of college level female students
Author(s): Dr. Mahendra Sawant
Abstract: Background: The goal of study was to evaluate mental health, academic achievement and health related physical fitness, of college level female students were randomly assigned to 8 weeks of yoga training. Students end-program self-report measures of mood, anxiety, perceived stress, resilience, and other mental health variables, academic achievement through assessment and their physical fitness. Independent evaluation outcome measures revealed that yoga participants showed statistically significant differences relative to controls on measures of anger control, emotions, memory power and fatigue/inertia, the yoga group over time were either minimal or showed improvements. Results suggest that implementation of yoga is acceptable, feasible for college level Female students, setting and has the potential of playing a protective or preventive role in maintaining mental health, academic achievement and health related physical fitness for developing the personality. Objectives: The main objective of the study was to assess the efficacy of yogic Practice on mental health, academic achievement and Health related physical fitness of college level Female students. Materials and Methods: The 60 college level female students were selected from Trivandrum city on the basis of their present health status in college education. Students were divided into two groups. One Experimental group and other Control group were given pre- test in three variables and Yoga training for 6 weeks for Experimental group. A yoga practice consisting of asana, pranayama, kriyas, etc. The Experimental and Control groups were again post-tested. Results: The results show that college level Female students, who regularly practiced yoga performed better in academically with suitable improvement in health status and behavior. The study further shows that the students performed yoga, performed better than non-yogic group.